Time That I Forgot

This was a good one.
“Time That I Forgot” started as a songwriting exercise: I wanted to see if I could fit new words to an old, preexisting song, and then write an entirely new song from the lyric (I’ll never say what song I used for the template, and I’d be astounded if you guessed). Eventually, it became a beautiful bit of power-pop all on its own. It’s both defiant and hopeful, and I don’t think I’d really pulled that off before. I was humbled when it was chosen as an honorable mention in the 1997 Billboard Song Contest, and it’s still one of the songs of which I’m most proud, both for the writing and production.
At the time, I was playing an old Ibanez 12-string acoustic, the one from the 70s which, inexplicably, used a bolt-on neck. It had imploded, as most of them did, so we repaired it with a huge block of wood, hoping that would better support it against all the string tension. We were lucky enough to double-track it on this song before it blew again, for good. The Strats are doubled, too, and the whole thing sits on one of John’s finest drum tracks.
The flip side is “Previous Engagement”, which is pretty much one joke. Love the marimba, though.

Originally released on cassingle, C&D Records catalog #45-163. Currently unavailable.

Barn Owl/Top Cat

The first release for the D. J. Lauria Band, “Barn Owl” took its title from a famous (well, infamous) episode on the Late Night with David Letterman show. Writing a song about anything 80s after Nirvana put out Nevermind probably seems pointless, but as it happened many areas of the country didn’t take notice for a good five years that big hair was now out. Anyway, we thought it was funny. The band wasn’t quite a band, yet; John A. was just helping out on the recording session, and John S. hadn’t moved back to RI from Vegas. There were so many terrible gigs, yet to be played…
Releasing these songs on the cassette single (cassingle!) format was kind of an innovation. Records had fallen out of favor and CDs were very expensive to produce, so most local bands opted for full-length cassettes of at least ten songs. Our idea was to save money by releasing only a couple songs at a time, on a throwaway format, with all of our contact information right on the package. We either sold them for a dollar a piece, or used them as business cards, to drum up interest in the band. Then we would go play at the blues clubs in Providence, or the punk clubs in NYC, where we utterly DID NOT fit in, and no one wanted them anyway. Always leave them scratching their heads, I say.

Originally released in 1994 on cassette single. C&D Records catalog #44-126. Currently unavailable.

The Soft Buzz of Silence

Range of Motion was my first all-original band. I was incredibly fortunate to overhear a conversation, that led to an audition, that led to the chance to play for several years in a band that seemed to write several new songs at every rehearsal. Partly, that was due to our lead singer, Stephen Martin (formerly of the Providence band, The Baboons), and his amazing, effortless, seriously dark, lyric-writing ability. Partly, it was because every time I came up with a new riff, it turned into a musical dare: let’s see if we can write THIS. Mostly, it was because we had a blast making music, and we absolutely didn’t care who liked it.
We recorded this five-song EP with Jack at Lakewest, but over the span of just a couple years, there were dozens of songs that didn’t get released. This almost didn’t get digitized, for that matter, since the DAT tape masters are long gone. What you hear online is a cleaned up rip from a previously-unopened cassette.
Released in 1990 on cassette in May, 1990. Currently available online for purchase and streaming. More information about the band can be found on our CDBaby page.

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